Houston Chowhounds' 2nd Annual BBQ Smackdown

The Houston Chowhounds hosted their second annual BBQ Smackdown on Saturday, June 27 at Pearl Bar. Brisket and ribs from six area barbecue joints were judged on taste, tenderness, smoke and other criteria. The top three winners from last year were back to defend their title, but did they do so successfully? Read on to find out. PHOTOS BY KATHARINE SHILCUTT